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Touring the Photoshop interface


Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Touring the Photoshop interface

Touring the Photoshop interface provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals
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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 33s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 46s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 18s
    1. The best way to work
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 16s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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Touring the Photoshop interface
Video Duration: 11m 5s17h 33m Beginner May 07, 2010

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Touring the Photoshop interface provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download Deke's free dekeKeys and color settings from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Assembling photorealistic compositions
  • Understanding image size and resolution
  • Correcting the brightness and color of images
  • Creating accurate selection outlines
  • Retouching and healing photos
  • Mastering layers and effects
  • Printing and exporting to the web
Design Photography
Deke McClelland

Touring the Photoshop interface

Let's take a look at the interface. I want to tour you around the Photoshop interface so you have a sense of what all the buttons and the knobs do, because there is a heck of a lot of stuff going on inside the program. Now, right here at the top on the PC is this thing called the Application bar. It's located underneath the menu bar in the Mac. But it looks roughly the same. And what we're seeing here is a group of options that provide access to other functions. For example, if you click on this Br icon there, you'll go to the Bridge, which allows you to browse your images.

We'll see it in a future chapter in detail. Then we've got the Mini Bridge, which is new to Photoshop CS5. So it's a little panel that runs inside Photoshop that allows you to preview your images, open images from disk and so on. This guy allows you to show things like guides, grids and rulers. When I say show things like I mean exactly that. Those are the things you can show. From that icon, there are other ways to get to them from the View menu. You can change your zoom level from this icon if you want to. To zoom in, for example, to the 100% view size or to zoom back out to 50% in my case.

And there is a million ways to zoom inside of Photoshop. Lots more ways available to you. Up here is this option that allows you to arrange your windows. So you have multiple image windows open let's say, you can choose how to arrange them so that you can see multiple images at the same time or ultimately consolidate them all into a single image window that has multiple tabs that you switch back and forth between. And then, this guy right there provides access to the Screen modes. Remember, I was showing you, in a previous exercise, how you can press the F key to switch from one screen mode to another.

You can also choose these options right here, if you prefer. And that's the Applications Bar. The menu Bar, the next one down on the PC, the one above on the Mac, provides access to the commands inside of Photoshop, but that's pretty standard convention across different applications. But I want you to see there are basically three kinds of commands. This is also a standard convention, but I want you to be familiar with it anyway. For example, if I go to this Select menu, here is the first kind of a command. It's what I call the Single Shot command. It just does whatever it's going to do.

It doesn't have any ... next to it. It doesn't have any check mark next to it. So if I choose Select All, Bang! I select the entire image. That happens. The end. Then if I go up to Select menu and choose Deselect, then I deselect the entire image. All right. So that's one style of command, the Single Shot. Another style of command, this guy right here, something that has a ... after it, an ellipses, that tells you that you are invoking a conversation with Photoshop. This is not the end.

And what's going to happen is you are going to bring up a dialog box, like this, and then you are going to interact with the dialog box once you figure out how it works, and then you are going to click Ok to do your thing. So, basically, you're initiating a dialog box when you see the .... And then we have commands that have check marks in front of them like Snap down there. Right now, it's turned on. If you choose Snap, you'll turn it off. Doesn't seem like anything has happened inside of the program. You just turned off snapping. That's it. So it's just a setting, essentially.

And if you want to turn it back on, you go back to the menu and choose the command again, and now, in the future, it will be turned on. So those are your basic three styles of commands. If there was a fourth style, it would be here under the Window menu. These guys should really have ... after them because they bring up panels over on the right side of the screen. And you'd have a conversation with Photoshop inside that panel. But they don't have the ellipses, but that's what they do. They hide and show panels and basically every single panel is represented here on this list.

The other thing I want you to know. I'm working inside Photoshop Extended, which is the massive, big, every single feature, more expensive version of the program. And so, it has things like 3D. It also has this menu right there, the 3D menu. It's got the Analysis menu, and it's got these two tools down here in the toolbox, which are the Object Rotate tool and this guy right there, the Camera Rotate tool. If you're working in the more moderately priced, I would not say inexpensive, Standard version of Photoshop, then you will not see those items.

You will not see the 3D tools, you will not see the Analysis or 3D menu, and you will not see the 3D panel, just so you know. Now, we are not going to be discussing any of those things in this series, because this series is ultimately about the standard edition of the software. All right. Next, we have the Options Bar. You will sometimes hear it called the Control panel because that's what it's called inside other Adobe applications. However, Photoshop still seems to call it Options. Under the Window menu, you see the Options command right there, which hides and shows the panel. And what it does is it provides options that allow you to modify the settings of the active tool.

So it's context-sensitive. It changes around depending on which tool you have selected. Then there's the toolbox over here on the left-hand side. You can move it if you want to, but by default, it's over here on the left. And it provides access mostly, mostly all of these icons. A few of them are little settings icons down here at the bottom. But most of these other icons are tools, meaning you select the tool, and then you do something with it inside the image window, for example, this guy right there, the Dodge tool. If you click it and then paint on a pixel layer, you will lighten the pixels.

Most of the tools work that way, where you select the tool, and then you drag inside the image window to do something. Then over here on the right-hand side of the screen, we have the panels, formerly called palettes, and forgive me. I am still trying to transition from palettes to panels in my head, so if you ever hear me say the word palettes, and the editor doesn't catch it and replace it with one of the hundreds of thousands of times I hope to say panels, then just know I am talking about these things over here. We have a lot of panels available to us inside the Photoshop.

We're going to tweak those panels in a future exercise. We're going to modify our interface. So don't worry if you're not seeing all the panels I'm seeing or all the icons. We'll address that shortly. Inside the panels we have all kinds of different options. Every single one of the panels does something different than the other panels. So they're all unique in their own way. But many of them, over on the right-hand side, in the upper-right corner, that is, many of them include this little menu icon. And if you click on it, you will bring up a menu that's specific to that panel. Sometimes, many of these commands are repeated some place in the standard menu bar, but they're available here too, just to make them handy is the idea. All right.

I am going to go ahead and click off that in order to hide that menu. Finally, right here in the center, we have the Image Window. And currently, my image window is taking up basically the entire central portion of the application. You may not see it that way on the Mac. This is the way it always is on the PC. That is to say, Photoshop is a big rectangle that covers up everything behind it. On the Mac, we have control over this thing called the Application Frame. So you go up to the Window menu, and you'll see down here with Options and Tools, you'll probably see a command called Application Bar that allows you to turn the bar on and off if you want to, the Application Bar up here.

But you'll also see this other command called Application Frame. And if you choose that, then you turn Photoshop into a big monolithic rectangle like what you're seeing on my screen. If you don't want it to work that way, if you want to be able to see behind a window to other applications so you can click on those applications to switch easily back and forth, then you turn the Application Frame off. And Macintosh users, as a rule- I'm not telling you your business, you can do whatever you want- But Macintosh users, as a rule, prefer not to have the application frame so that they can click back and forth, whereas on a PC, Windows users are used to an Application Frame.

So it's really up to you how you work. I just want you to know here on the PC, I've got the monolithic Photoshop going. Down here in the bottom, left-hand corner, we have a zoom control, and we have this little option here that allows us to see different attributes about the open image. And then up here at the top is my Title tab, in this case you might also see a Title bar if you have a free-floating window. And here's what is going on with this. I want to document what's happening inside the title bar so you know. There's the title of the image, so that is the file name, if you've saved it.

If it's not saved, it will say Untitled. And then we'll see @ 50%. That's the zoom level. So that will change as they zoom in and out. Deke McClelland, happens to be my name, but that's the name of this layer that's selected. So it's telling me the name of the selected layer. And if I clicked on a different layer, for example, if I click in the background, it will show me that the background layer is now selected. RGB is the Color mode. And then /8, that's the bit depth, which means we are working inside of an 8-bit per channel image. And we'll come to that later when we discuss bit depth.

But for now just note, that's what's going on there. And then there's this asterisk, and I want you to see something crazy about this. I'm going to go ahead and add a new layer to this image just by clicking on the little Page icon down here at the bottom of the layers palette. And now, I've made a change to my image, and now I have two asterisks, notice that. Now, I'm not sure this is documented any where in the Photoshop documentation, and many times, there's a lot of programs out there that are trying to be warm and cuddly and friendly. But with Photoshop, it's almost as if it's trying to defy your understanding.

And so in this case, we're just seeing these little asterisks that don't tell you anything. You hover over it. It's just going to tell you the name of the image. So that doesn't help you out at all. What's going on is the asterisks inside of the parenthesis tells you that you are using a color space other than the one you set up inside of your color settings. So if you've been following along with me, you've set your color settings to Adobe RGB. But this image is actually set to sRGB. And I know that because I could drop down here to this Arrow icon right there, click on it, and choose Document Profile, which I have already done in advance here.

And you can see that this is an sRGB image, which is perfectly fine. So Photoshop allows you to have a different profile associated with every open image if you so desire. This asterisk is just a tiny little alert to let you know that's happening. And it means some other color profile is being employed for this specific image. Now, if you see a hash, or a pound sign, or a number sign, or whatever you want to call it, in that location, it means that there is no color profile associated with the current image. The asterisk outside of the parenthesis is telling you that you have unsaved changes.

So you could update the image by going up to the File menu and choosing the Save command, or you could toss away your changes and load up the saved version of the image by choosing the Revert command. And that's basically it, folks. That's the big tour of the Photoshop Interface. By the time you're done with this series, you'll be more familiar with it than you can possibly imagine. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to modify the interface and save your modifications as a workspace.

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Q: While following along to the tutorial, my copy of Bridge does not have the same Export options as shown in the video. Why are these options missing in my copy?
A: For some reason, Bridge CS5 shipped without the Export options. They were included when Bridge updated to version 4.0.1. Updating Bridge will restore the export options.
Q: While following along with the exercises, next to the background layer on my Layers panel \, it shows a brush instead of the small picture, as it does in the video. What can I do to fix this? I erased the exercise files and started over, but it still shows the paintbrush.
A: This will occur if the Layers panel preview is turned off. To fix this, right-click in the empty gray area below the Background layer. Then choose Large Thumbnails. The thumbnail previews should come back immediately.
Q: The instructions for installing the dekeKeys don't work on my computer (which is running Mac OS X Lion). Is there an update to these?
A: The dekeKeys distributed with this course will still work for Lion. You just need to add them to a slightly different folder than in previous versions of OS X.

Open a new Finder window and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type the following file path exactly as written below. Copying and pasting may result in an error.

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Presets/Keyboard Shortcuts

Move and/or copy/paste the dekeKeys to this folder and follow the rest of the instructions as outlined in the video, "Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts."
Q: How do I load the color workflow setting for this course? I downloaded the exercise files, and when I attempt to load the setting into Photoshop, they don't appear in the Finder.

A: These days, it's easier to assign the workflow settings manually. In Photoshop, choose Edit > Color Settings. Then change the first RGB setting to Adobe RGB, and click OK.

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